What is Prebiotics?
Dt Sheetal chhabria
Vasanth nagar, Bengaluru Feb 9, 2017
The prebiotic term was coined in 1995, they are an indigestible form of fiber found in some fruits, vegetables, and starches. They act as a food source for a friendly bacteria in the gut. Though every prebiotic is a fiber, not every fiber is prebiotic. To be considered prebiotic in nature a fiber must meet the following criteria:
- Resists digestion and absorption in the upper gastrointestinal tract
- Is fermented by the intestinal microflora
- Selectively stimulates the growth or activity of friendly intestinal bacteria
Health Benefits of Prebiotics
- It supports gut health diversity and digestive health.
- It improves absorption of all minerals in the body, including bone-healthy magnesium and calcium.
- It has a good effect on lipid metabolism, and they can help ease systemic redness to support normal cardiovascular health.
- It can help with appetite control by increasing satiety hormones, making you feel less hungry.
- It reduces insulin resistance in obese and overweight men.
- It supports normal mental and emotional health and stress response.
- It boosts the amount of REM and non-REM sleep in animals after a stressful event.
Different Types of Prebiotics
- Acacia gum
- Oligosaccharides including:
- Fructooligosaccharides (FOS)
- Oligofructose (OF)
- Galactooligosaccharides (GOS)
- Transgalactooligosaccharides (TOS)
- Resistant Starch (RS)
- Wheat Dextrin
The prebiotic Foods That Everyone Should Eat
- Chicory Root
- Jerusalem artichoke
- Potato Starch
- Whole Grain Corn
- Whole grains